PRESS RELEASE, MAY 11
The Linden Hills Farmer’s Market begins its 2020 market season on Sunday, May 17 from 10AM to Noon. This is a challenging time for neighbors, with careful attention being paid staying home and social distancing. Vendors have expressed similar concerns, and the market management has created a marketplace that seeks to protect neighbors, farmers and food makers - while still providing the high-quality local foods customers know and love.
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In May and June, Monday thru Thursday, Linden Hills Farmer’s Market vendors are skipping the tent and leaving tables at home. Instead they are setting up and selling online! Customers will place orders online, pay with a credit card and then arrive Sunday morning between 10AM and Noon for drive-through pick up, occurring at Settergren’s Ace Hardware on 43rd & Upton, in the Linden Hills Village. Mark Settergren has generously donated his parking lot since 2012.
As the season progresses, management hopes to return to a more traditional in-person market model. Until then, all sales will be conducted online. Vendors will not be in attendance during the pick up market, and no additional sales will be made on-site, day-of market. Customers will drive through, and management will place their purchases in their car, eliminating the need for buyers to walk up or get out of their vehicles, and overall reducing contagion.
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To best support neighbors in purchasing direct via this hybrid pick-up market, the Linden Hills Farmers’ Market vendors, along with Frank & Ernest Marketplace, RED Market, built its online store for start-up, small business food makers and farmers. Akin to Etsy, this one-stop-farmer’s market-online shop, is where vendors post their own products and then personally fulfill customer orders via doorstep delivery, shipping or with farmer’s market pick-up. The online store meets the LHFM mission to support and strengthen the connection between the local community and local growers by creating opportunities for buying and consuming locally produced goods.
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Further, the platform is terrific for makers and farmers new to online sales, while being created for customers to select contact free shopping. It also reduces the need for customers to click from vendor site to site. At a single online store, with one credit card; Linden Hills neighbors can purchase from dozens of makers, selecting from hundreds of food products, produce, proteins, pastries and plants.
Although the market will be somewhat different in 2020, growers are ramping up and with more vendors getting online, customers can still buy from dozens of vendors every week. Purchasing directly from those makers that matter most - your neighbors. Also, with every purchase buyers can select to give back to a different nonprofit monthly. In May and June, all round-up proceeds go to Wildflyer Coffee a 501c3 charitable organization. Wildflyer has been with our market for the last three years, and is a dedicated to growing slowly and sustainably into a permanent retail location. Since its inception, it has employed ten young people seeking to leave homelessness.